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Board Registration

Postby bazmundi » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:01 pm

I came across the board registration gimmick having bought two M7 through ebay.

First up, I do get the sense of this approach.

I think it was the lua ESP8266 software world that died quite quickly once the "opensource" hardware designs got out into the wild. It is one of the problems I think you have with the idea of opensource hardware generally (since I can't get the hardware for free and tools like the raspberry pi community cloud the issue by releasing the design by CC but defaming anyone who "copies" it).

I am curious though.

If the board is bought from does it come registered?

Why I ask is I am trying to work out why I would be paying the same relative price for an unregistered board from ebay for a registered board from openmv.

Am I actually being ripped off by onsellers?

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Re: Board Registration

Postby kwagyeman » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:51 am

Hi, we sell the OpenMV Cam for $65 and release the software and hardware for the design. Units we sell are licensed. Given we've crossed the 15k> units sold (that I know of) mark and that we've continued to work on the product and improve features over time it has started to get cloned.

We put the licensing system in place after this started happening such that we'd be able to continue to develop the system. Keep in mind we release software updates constanty for the system and improve it continually. This requires me and Ibrahim to keep working on it even after it has gone from being a project of passion to a job somewhat. While my livelyhood does not depend on OpenMV my time commitment to working on it is tied to the product selling.

Final note, so while most of the cloners don't give back to the OpenMV Community, SingTown decided to partner with us instead. Their partnership is the reason for us being able to release the OpenMV Cam H7 and being able to continue development. Any units bought through them are licensed.

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